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February 24, 2014, 9:00 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia launches X, X+ and XL Android-based phones (hands-on video)  —  This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide  —  It's official, the Nokia X Android phone is here.  Microsoft might be buying Nokia's phone business shortly, but the Finnish smartphone maker is still pushing ahead …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Forks Android In Mobile Services Push — $122 Nokia X Will Also Be Lumia “Feeder”  —  More proof, if proof were needed, that Android won the smartphone OS wars: Nokia, the former world No.1 smartphone maker and, nowadays, the primary OEM for Microsoft's third-placed Windows Phone platform …
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Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Inside The Netflix/Comcast Deal and What The Media Is Getting Very Wrong  —  On Sunday, Comcast and Netflix announced a commercial interconnect relationship between the two companies, which is in the very early stages of implementation, and as a result, many who clearly don't understand how the Internet works are writing about the news.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix agrees to pay Comcast to improve its streaming speeds  —  Deal Ends Standoff Over Streaming, Would Give Netflix Direct Access to Comcast Systems  —  Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and TV shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Messaging Giant WhatsApp, With 465M Users, Will Add Voice Services In Q2 Of This Year  —  Today Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp — acquired by Facebook last week for $19 billion — announced that the messaging giant is finally moving into voice — a move announced at MWC, the conference …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sony's SmartBand fitness tracker will launch worldwide in March  —  Sony's SmartBand, the first product powered by the company's new Core fitness tracker, will be released worldwide in March.  We got our first look at the product back at CES in January, and Sony is showing it off yet again here at Mobile World Congress.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Sony claims the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the world's thinnest and lightest waterproof slate (update:hands-on)  —  With its VAIO PC business all but gone, Sony's betting big on smartphones and tablets.  Three post-PC products are weighing surprisingly light in its pockets at this year's Mobile World Congress …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Qualcomm's 4- and 8-core Snapdragon 610 and 615 trade CPU power for 64-bit  —  Cortex A53 won't stand up to Krait, but Qualcomm adds a capable GPU to the mix.  —  Qualcomm's first 64-bit chip wasn't a record-breaking high-end Snapdragon, but rather the modest, mid-range Snapdragon 410.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On  —  LOS ANGELES — Mr. Moviefone's lines are going dead.  —  For 25 years, residents of America's biggest cities have been able to call 777-FILM to receive movie listing information and buy tickets.  The service's goofily booming greeting became …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apple's ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More  —  First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch.  Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple's desktop OSX operating system …
Liz Stinson / Wired:
New study analyzes Instagram selfies to constrast gender, age, and other features by city  —  Fantastic Infographics, Drawn From A Study of Millions of Instagram Selfies  —  Right now, there are more than 79 million photos on Instagram that fall under #selfie.
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
SAP and Rackspace jump on the Cloud Foundry bandwagon  —  In a move that could bolster Cloud Foundry's position as an enterprise-class Platform-as-a-Service standard, SAP and Rackspace are throwing their weight behind the effort.  —  Those two companies, both newbies to Cloud Foundry …
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Mt. Gox CEO Resigns From Bitcoin Foundation Board  —  Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, the embattled Toyko-based bitcoin exchange, resigned on Sunday from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  The move comes as amid a string …

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